LUMS FAST EME Away Fixture 2013-2014 – Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

LUMS FAST EME Away Fixture 2013-2014 - Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

LUMS FAST EME Away Fixture 2013-2014 - Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

LUMS FAST EME Away Fixture 2013-2014 – Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

Sports at LUMS (SLUMS) led a delegation of about 180 athletes to NU FAST Islamabad on February 7, 2014, where it won the tri series played between LUMS, NU FAST Islamabad and NUST EME. The tournament spanning over three days was dominated by LUMS in both the male and the female category. In the Female category, all the teams won their respective matches against NUST EME. The girls continued this trend as they defeated NU FAST and showed complete dominance over both its opponents in sports including Basketball, Football, Badminton, Table Tennis and Volleyball. The Girls’ brought home the fixture trophy as well as all their respective best player awards, a tradition which has been kept alive since the commencement of this annual fixture.

Similarly, the LUMS’ boys played their part, beating both FAST Islamabad and NUST EME on their way to victory. Although the matches in the male category weren’t as one sided as those of the girls, but the boys stood out in most sports and brought home the Overall Male fixture trophy. The boys won in the categories of Football, Badminton, Squash, Tennis, Table Tennis and Volleyball. Furthermore, the LUMS’ boys grabbed four second ppositions as it won the overall trophy. Fast Islamabad was a distant second place whereas NUST EME claimed the third position.

The LUMS FAST EME away fixture 2013-2014 was once again a true reflection of the high standards in the field of sports which SLUMS has maintained for quite a while now. SLUMS has made sure LUMS is not only known for its high academic standards but also for excellence in sports.

Punjab University Lahore CAD students win stamp design competition

Punjab University Lahore CAD students win stamp design competition

LAHORE: The students of Punjab University College of Art & Design students have won all the three positions in design competition of commemorative postage stamps organized by Pakistan Post. On twelve themes, 32 designs out of 542 entries of 31 participants were selected for designs of the stamps by the jury and the PU CAD students secured 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions. The students included Taha Shahid, Huma Zahid, Ghulam Aisha, Fatima Rehman, Anqa Salam, Muzdalfa Arfan, Alina Ahmed, Raja Muneeb, Mahnoor Ahmed, Bakhtawar Javaid, Muneeb Ali, Mehmood Nadeem, Amna Amir and Maria Amal. PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has congratulated students on their achievement.

OPD patients at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) in Karachi suffer due to doctors’ protest

OPD patients at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) in Karachi suffer due to doctors’ protest

KARACHI: Hundreds of patients visiting the outpatient department (OPD) of the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) in Karachi were denied healthcare services on Wednesday, as doctors boycotted their duties to protest the murder of their colleague. The OPD services one of the major hospitals of the city remained suspend for two hours from 9am to 11am on Wednesday to condemn the brutal murder of renowned pathologist and dean of medicine at the Karachi Medical and Dental College (KMDC), Prof Javed Iqbal Qazi. Hospital sources told PPI that the call of boycott was given against the apathy of the government and law enforcement agencies in providing security to medical professionals. They said that the two-hour protest would continue at the hospital until February 22 on a daily basis and the future line of action would be announced next week in this regard. They said the hospital would, however, continue to provide emergency services as usual.

Vascular surgery ward at Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) remains closed

Vascular surgery ward at Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) remains closed

KARACHI: The vascular surgery ward of the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) has been closed by the administration due to non-availability of qualified doctors. Hospital sources told PPI that the in-charge of the vascular surgery ward, Prof Dr Sohail, went on a long leave about two years ago, and the CHK administration failed to arrange another specialist doctor. Resultantly, this important ward went closed, as the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) did not provide an alternative professor to run it. They said that around 50 to 70 patients used to visit the vascular surgery ward on a daily basis, but now this 50-beds ward remains closed. All patients with vascular surgery requirements were now being referred to private hospitals, where the treatment was very expensive. CHK Medical Superintendent (MS) Prof Muhammad Saeed Qureshi, when contacted, said that the DUHS administration could not provide a specialist doctors of vascular surgery to run this very important ward. He said the CHK administration was ready to reopen the ward after the provision of specialist doctors for this vacant post. However, DUHS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Masood Hameed Khan told PPI that the head of the vascular surgery had applied for leave, but he never joined his duty after completion of his leave period. He said that strict disciplinary action would be taken against him. He said there was a court order straining him for postings and transfers in the university as the VC of the DUHS; therefore, advertisement for the vacant post could not be announced to fill the vacancy.

Karachi Medical and Dental College teacher killed

Karachi Medical and Dental College teacher killed

KARACHI: A senior doctor and teacher at Karachi Medical and Dental College (KDMC), Prof Javed Kazi was killed during an armed assault Monday afternoon. According to available details the incident occurred in North Nazimabad, within the jurisdiction of Shahrah-e-Noor Jehan Police Station, as the doctor left the college for home, after realizing his teaching responsibilities. Unidentified assailant fired upon the moving car killing the doctor and injuring his driver. Prof Kazi leaves behind a widow and three children. Police sources said necessary interrogation is underway to ascertain facts behind the unfortunate incident and to nab the killers.

Students from across Punjab to smash national anthem record

Students from across Punjab to smash national anthem record

LAHORE: All the leading colleges and universities of the province have confirmed their participation in the Punjab Youth Festival (PYF)’s national anthem world record bid, which will be attempted on February 24.
All arrangements for the grand event were reviewed on Wednesday at an important meeting held under the chairmanship of Minister for Sports and Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan.
Sports Board Punjab (SBP) Director General Usman Anwar, MPA Tahia Noon, Higher Education Commission secretary and officials of the Punjab University, the National University of Modern Languages, Kinnaird College, National College of Arts, King Edward Medical University, FAST, DPS, Hajvery University, Lahore Leads University, American Lyceum, Punjab Group of Colleges, Beaconhouse, University of Management and Technology, Islamia University Bahawalpur, University of Gujrat, LACAS, Salamat International Campus for Advance Studies, CFE College, COMSATS, University of Central Punjab, UVAS, Queen Marry College, University of Lahore, University of South Asia, University of Sargodha, The City School, BZU Lahore campus, Punjab School, SKANS, KIPS, Educators, UET, FC College, Superior University, Qarshi University and others attended the meeting held at the National Hockey Stadium.
During the meeting, the minister said, “The participants of this attempt of national anthem world record will remember this distinction as the biggest feat of their lives.”
SBP DG Usman Anwar informed the meeting that all the arrangements regarding the mega activity had been made. “The best possible arrangements have been assured and the participating students will be provided best transportation and security. Almost 175,000 individuals will feature in this grand programme,” he added.

Kinnaird Media Fest concludes

Kinnaird Media Fest concludes

LAHORE: The two-day Kinnaird Media Fest’14 concluded on Thursday at the Kinnaird College for Women. The event, featuring inter-collegiate competitions, was aimed to showcase the talents of the 22 participating teams from various institutes across Punjab.The festival was organised by the Media Studies Department in collaboration with the British Council.Teams from the Punjab University, the Government College University (GCU), the University of Lahore, the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Beaconhouse School System, Lahore Grammar School (LGS) and other educational institutions participated in the event. The photography competition was won by the team from Services Institute of Medical Sciences, while the University of Lahore bagged the first position in the poster competition.

Government urged to ban child domestic work

Government urged to ban child domestic work

CRM says 29 children have already died at the hands of their employers since 2010

Government urged to ban child domestic work

Government urged to ban child domestic work

LAHORE: The Child Rights Movement (CRM) has condemned the brutal death of 29th child domestic worker since January 2010, and demanded the authorities concerned to take stern action against domestic labour.

The CRM urge the current government to immediately ban child domestic labour and ensure protection of children in every sphere of life.
In a statement on Monday, Iftikhar Mubarak of the CRM said that in January 2014, four deaths and two torture cases involving child domestic workers had been reported in the media: Erum, 10, was tortured to death in Lahore; Azra Ramzan, 16, was raped and strangulated in Lahore; Haresh Kumar, 10, jumped off the sixth floor of a building to avoid more torture in Karachi; Waheed, 10, was tortured for stealing money in Multan; Fiza, 15, was raped and tortured – she died after three days in a hospital in Lahore; and Munza, 12, was detained and tortured in Lahore.
It is pertinent to mention here that 29th death of a child domestic worker was reported in the media after the death of Shazia Masih.
Iqra, 13, was found strangulated at her master’s (Mian Shahid) house under mysterious circumstances in Lahore. The police registered the case under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code. The parents of the child and police have found torture marks on Iqra’s neck. She was working at her employer’s house for the last one year.
CRM Punjab Coordinator Ghazi Nazir said that from January 2010 to December 2013, 52 cases of torture involving child domestic workers had been reported, and that 24 of the victims died.
In 2010, 12 cases of torture on child domestic workers were reported, including seven deaths.
In 2011, 10 cases of torture on such workers were reported, of which six children died dead.
In 2012, eight cases, including three deaths, were reported. In 2013, 21 cases, including eight deaths, of violence against child workers were reported.
All of the cases in 2013 were reported from Punjab province; except two, all were girls. The last reported case in December 2013 was of a nine-year-old girl from Gujranwala, who was beaten up by her employer on the account of stealing gold. She was hanged upside down from a ceiling fan.
Human rights activist Abdullah Khoso said that innocent children were brutally and mercilessly tortured, raped and killed by employers inside the boundary walls, but no one did anything to curb the practice.
Khoso said that the case of Iqra, like other cases, would fade away. “No one will follow up. Parents will either withdraw the case at the police station level or, if the case is registered, will engage in an out-of-court settlement. This is the typical result of every case involving the death of a child domestic worker.”
In 2013, the Supreme Court of Pakistan had declared child domestic labour illegal and unconstitutional on the application from the Institute for Social Justice, and had directed the governments to take measures accordingly.
Khoso said that the federal and provincial governments, however, are yet to implement the court’s decision.
He said that though last year’s theme on the World Day Against Child Labour was ‘No to child labour in domestic work’, millions of children in Pakistan were still working in others’ houses as domestic slaves, who were raped, sodomised, tortured and deprived of health and education rights.

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Islamabad: from university to agent of socio-economic change

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Islamabad: from university to agent of socio-economic change

Vice-chancellor says university is providing affordable quality education even in remote areas of Pakistan * University has raised enrolment to 1.4 million students annually; saved millions of rupees through strict financial controls and end of corruption

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Islamabad: from university to agent of socio-economic change

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Islamabad: from university to agent of socio-economic change

ISLAMABAD: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has turned from an educational institution to an agent of positive socio-economic change and is playing an important and effective role in the development and prosperity of the society, says Dr Nazir Ahmad Sangi, vice-chancellor of the university.
“AIOU is the only university in the country where one can get his education while continuing with his job or business or other responsibilities. The university is offering a huge number of programs through its vast regional network to provide not only general but also professional and skill-based job-oriented degrees and courses, and that too at the doorsteps. Our curriculum lays special emphasis on personality building of the students that in turn results in a collective social as well as economic change in the society,” the vice-chancellor told Daily Times in an exclusive talk on Wednesday
Sangi said soon after assuming the charge in year 2010, he outlined a ‘marshal plan’ to take the university to a new high in terms of academic excellence. He said the university has reached matchless milestones during the last four years. “We now enroll 1.4 million students annually from 1.1 million students in 2010, who are offered 200 courses by 62,000 tutors in 50 regional centres across the country,” the vice-chancellor said. He said a roadmap has been prepared to educate thousands of out-of-school children free-of-cost that will play a significant role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals set by the government related to education by next year.
Dr Sangi said he has laid special emphasis on financial discipline in the university and has turned it into a financially independent entity. “The student budget capital has doubled from Rs 2.3 billion in 2010 to Rs 4.6 billion in 2014. Now, we don’t depend on a meagre amount of Rs 275 million offered by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) annually to meet our recurring and development expenditures. Financial resources have gone up by approximately 40 percent through efficient controls on wastage of funds and end of rampant corrupt practices,” he said, and added that lesser workers are giving better output at the university thanks to enforcement of a strict disciplinary code by him. “The salaries of employees were increased by 150 percent from the university’s own resources. Almost 62,000 tutors are on our payroll right now. Despite heavy increase in expenditure, student fees have only been increased by 10 percent,” he said while spelling out initiatives taken by him for the welfare of the employees.
Dr Sangi said he has devotedly worked to bridge gaps in provision of affordable and quality education to students of underprivileged and far-flung areas, especially girls. He said the university established its centres and campuses even in remote areas of Umerkot, Turbat, Kalat, Chitral and Mithi, where state-of-the-art educational facilities are available to the students.
The vice-chancellor said he introduced innovative practices and technologies like video conferencing, internet, FM radio and dozens of computer labs for technical courses to expand the outreach and cut the costs. “Now, one can pursue even doctoral-level degree by paying only Rs 5000 per month at our university,” he said.
Sangi said students at the university have developed a new drug that will help minimise the side-effects of medicines used for treatment of cancer. He said an electronic stick for blind people has been invented by the students that has the capacity to sense hurdles and guide the user through sonic effects. He said the university has allocated an amount of Rs 5 million for work on scientific projects. “Any student who presents a research-based scientific project idea will be given an amount ranging from Rs 30,000 to Rs 70,000 along with the facility to work at the AIOU laboratory for six weeks,” he said.
Quelling reports about his PhD degree, Dr Sangi said his degree has been certified by the registrar of the University of Liverpool in United Kingdom, and has been duly verified by the HEC. He said he has won a number of awards and scholarships during his course of study there and a record of his attendance at the university is also available. He said M Phil was not a requirement for doing PhD at that time.
The vice-chancellor said the issue of his degree was raised by a fellow professor when he initiated the accountability process at the university. He said a massive corruption of Rs 23 million in the fees section was unearthed by him. He said he referred the case to NAB for investigation that raised alarm bells among the corrupt mafia and they turned to cheap tactics like strikes at the campus and baseless allegations against him. He said his opponents have miserably failed to prove their unfounded allegations.

“The student budget capital has doubled from Rs 2.3 billion in 2010 to Rs 4.6 billion in 2014. Now, we don’t depend on a meagre amount of Rs 275 million offered by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) annually to meet our recurring and development expenditures”

EU delegation visits National University of Sciences and Technology NUST Islamabad

EU delegation visits National University of Sciences and Technology NUST Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Pierre Mayaudon, deputy head of the European Union (EU) delegation, in Pakistan paid a visit to NUST on Wednesday. During his visit, he was briefed about the functioning of Centre of International Peace and Stability (CIPS) and Global Think Tank Network (GTTN).
In his opening remarks NUST Rector Engineer Muhammad Asghar informed Mayaudon about the research and innovations at the university. The rector briefly talked about the motivation behind the creation of CIPS. This was followed by presentations given by Dr Zahid Shahab Ahmed, faculty member CIPS, and Rabia Shoiab Ahmad, director of Corporate Advisory Council (CAC).
Appreciating the good work being done at NUST, Mayaudon spoke of long-lasting collaboration of the EU with Pakistan. He specifically talked about project “Horizon 2020” that supports a range of projects from security to science and technology. He said that there was a great potential for EU and CIPS to collaborate in security sector projects and suggested that “Horizon 2020” could be launched through a “Road Show” at NUST. The rector welcomed this idea in his concluding remarks.

Annual award ceremony of Fazaia schools, colleges held

Annual award ceremony of Fazaia schools, colleges held

ISLAMABAD: The CAS Annual Award Ceremony of Fazaia schools and colleges was held at Aftab Auditorium, Fazaia Inter College, on Wednesday. Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, chief of the air staff, Pakistan Air Force, was chief guest on the occasion.
The chief guest awarded merit certificates, cash prizes, medals and trophies to students, headmistresses and principals in recognition of their outstanding performance in academic pursuits. Addressing the audience, the chief guest expressed his satisfaction over the steps taken by the PAF Training Branch to improve the quality of education and impart the spirit of compassion at Fazaia institutions.
He urged teachers to realise their role as mentors of the youth and builders of the nation.
He also advised the students that they must cash upon their immense potential and extraordinary qualities to set higher educational goals for themselves.
Besides, felicitating the prize winners, the chief guest also appreciated the efforts being put in by all concerned to improve the infrastructure and other facilities at Fazaia schools and colleges. Earlier, on his arrival, the air chief was received by Air Vice Marshal Saeed Muhammad Khan, deputy chief of the air staff (Training). The award ceremony was followed by a colourful talent show presented by students from various Fazaia colleges.

HEC drafts minimum quality standards manual for colleges

HEC drafts minimum quality standards manual for colleges

ISLAMABAD: A meeting of experts from universities and principals of affiliated colleges was organised by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan for finalisation of draft Minimum Quality Standards (MQS) Manual for affiliated colleges. The manual contains guidelines for carrying out an objective assessment of affiliated colleges.
As many as 10 principals and 18 experts from Quality Enhancement Cells of universities attended the meeting, held at HEC Regional Centre, Lahore. The manual was finalised after incorporating suggestions and recommendations of experts. Once approved by HEC authorities, the manual will be used as a tool for performance evaluation of colleges affiliated with universities in Pakistan.
The Academics Division of HEC has been mandated to implement a component of World Bank’s Tertiary Education Support Programme (TESP) associated with college education. The main focus of the initiative is to achieve academic excellence by improving standard of affiliated colleges through quality of teaching and learning in collaboration with HEIs and provincial authorities.
The meeting was chaired by Fida Hussain, director general (Academics) of HEC. He apprised the participants of different steps taken by HEC for uplift of higher education in the country. Dr Zahid Majeed, assistant professor, Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), and Dr Tahir Ali Shah, deputy director (Academics) were resource persons and focal persons, respectively.
Under MQS, different standards have been developed and each one of these articulates a specific dimension of the institutional quality. All of these standards are equally important to be met by affiliated colleges in order to improve their quality and align their undergraduate programmes with those of the affiliating universities. These standards include setting goals, academic programmes and evaluation, student admission and progression, faculty and non-academic staff, physical infrastructure, academic facilities and learning resources, organisation, governance and financial management, research, public disclosure and transparency, and community link and outreach.

Capital Development Authority (CDA) Islamabad anti-polio campaign to begin on 24th February

Capital Development Authority (CDA) Islamabad anti-polio campaign to begin on 24th February

ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Maroof Afzal said on Tuesday that eradication of polio is a national duty and the CDA will perform this duty as a sanctified cause.
Chairing a high level meeting for upcoming polio eradication campaign on Tuesday Afzal said that the CDA will run its anti-polio campaign from February 24 to 27 with full enthusiasm and in a systematic manner, under a result-oriented strategy. He said that the CDA has devised an all-inclusive and multi-pronged plan of action to thwart the threat of polio.
He informed the newsmen that the civic body has recently concluded successful anti-polio campaigns with 99% target reach and is utilising all methods and means at its disposal to completely finish the polio menace in Islamabad. “CDA is sensitive and vigilant to the causes of spread of poliovirus as well. That is why the authority is working on plans for solid waste management and replacement of worn out water supply and sewerage pipes to check water contamination.” The CDA chairman said this multi-pronged and all-inclusive strategy will help permanently abolish the threat of polio from the capital.
The meeting was attended by CDA Member Administration Amir Ahmed Ali, Environment DDG, representatives of WHO, UNICEF, USAID, UNHCR, UN-Habitat, Shifa Hospital, Plan Pakistan, Rotary International, ITP, PEIRA, media persons, health and education departments’ officials. Senior officials of the CDA were also present in the meeting. Afzal appealed to the governmental and non-governmental departments, international and non-government organisations to further strengthen their cooperation with the CDA for this purpose.
“Polio eradication is not only our duty but a sacred cause also. Let us join hands to combat menace of polio,” the CDA chairman said while chairing the meeting. Appreciating the performance of director health services (DHS) during previous anti-polio campaign, he directed the DHS to further enhance and improve its capabilities and target reach to secure 100% results. The chairman assured whole-hearted support from all formations of the authority with all available resources to make the campaign a success.
Afzal directed the authorities concerned to pay special attention to high-risk areas like slums to do away with any risk of poliovirus outbreak. He also asked the officials concerned of the civic body to pay particular attention to people from other cities travelling to Islamabad to ensure hundred percent coverage during the campaign. The CDA chairman directed the authority to utilise all its energies to achieve hundred percent coverage this time.
The director health services also briefed the meeting about operational activities during the upcoming National Immunisation Day (NID). He informed the meeting that the polio campaign would be conducted in 16 zones with the support of 88 area in-charges. Around 402 mobile teams, 52 transit teams and 107 fixed teams will be operational during the campaign, which will continue for four days.

Second Convocation – 2014 CMH Lahore Medical College and Institute of Dentistry Lahore Cantt

Second Convocation – 2014 CMH Lahore Medical College and Institute of Dentistry Lahore Cantt

Second Convocation - 2014 CMH Lahore Medical College and Institute of Dentistry Lahore Cantt

Second Convocation – 2014 CMH Lahore Medical College and Institute of Dentistry Lahore Cantt

“Pakistan is passing through a difficult period of its history facing serious challenges of terrorism and energy shortage. Terrorism can be defeated through education‚ employment and social justice.” said CM Shahbaz Sharif while addressing the convocation of CMH Medical College Lahore earlier today.
CM said the provincial government is providing all possible resources to enhance capabilities of medical professionals. He said the salaries of young doctors and paramedics in Punjab are better than other provinces.
The chief minister announced a grant of 50 million rupees for the CMH Medical College and lauded services of the armed forces in natural calamities.
Later talking to newsmen‚ Shahbaz Sharif said the government wants to provide every possible medical facility to public. Chief Minister said CMH Medical College will provide professional training to nurses of Punjab Government hospitals.
He said accommodation and transport facilities to under-training nurses will be provided by the government. #Health #Education (admin)

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CLT holds online workshop on Mixed Methods Research – Forman Christian College FCC University FCCU Lahore

CLT holds online workshop on Mixed Methods Research - Forman Christian College FCC University FCCU Lahore

CLT holds online workshop on Mixed Methods Research - Forman Christian College FCC University FCCU Lahore

CLT holds online workshop on Mixed Methods Research – Forman Christian College FCC University FCCU Lahore

An online workshop on Mixed Methods Research-Using SPSS, MAXQDA and NVivo for Planning, Analyzing and Writing was conducted at FCC on 12 and 13 February 2014 by the Institute of Research Promotion (IRP)

The two day workshop (16 hours approx) trained participants on fundamental strategies of mixed method research related to planning and execution. 11 participants from various disciplines, learnt how to combine potentials of SPSS, MAXQDA and NVivo software for quantitative and qualitative analysis.

CLT negotiated an online transmission of the workshop on FCC premises, basically to ensure that faculty who were interested in learning the usage of the software did not miss their classes. Faculty will be given certificates on the basis of participation by hours. Followup sessions will be conducted in the near future to ensure hands on practice for the participants.